Most of the workouts you read here are geared toward men. Today, guest blogger Jim Rollince of Gym Source has some fat-blasting exercises for women, just in time for fall! Enjoy!
Now that bikini season is over and fall is here, many women are tempted to forgo exercising. However, inactivity coupled with too many pumpkin spice lattes can lead to increased weight gain and decreased muscle tone and fitness. There are many fun fall indoor and outdoor exercises that can help women achieve their fitness goals.
Most women already know about the standard outdoor exercises, walking, running, and biking. These exercises can be performed on a crisp fall day, and women can have fun doing them. However, there are many other outdoor exercises. The three examples listed below can be performed in the fall and provide exceptional fitness benefits for women.
Tricep Extension: Many women focus on aerobic exercise, to the detriment of strength training. However, strong arms are healthy, and help women look great. In order to perform triceps extension, take a weight or a weighted object such as a can of soup outdoors. Find a chair or a bench and sit with your feet firmly planted on the ground. Grab the weight or object in both hands, lift it above your head slowly, and slowly bring it back down. Perform ten repetitions, take a short break, and repeat.
McGill Curl-Up: In addition to helping women have flatter stomachs, core muscles are important in keeping women’s backs strong and healthy. Grab an exercise mat and find a flat surface outdoors. Lie flat on your back, with your right knee bent and your left leg straight. Raise your head and shoulders, while keeping your lower back flat. Hold this position for up to ten seconds, and then slowly bring your head and neck back down. Perform this exercise five times on each side.
Hip Raise: The hip raise helps women achieve the strong glutes that look great in the jeans and khakis often worn in the fall. Strong glutes also help women maintain proper balance. To perform hip raises, you can remain on the exercise mat used in the McGill curl-up. Lie flat on your back with your knees bent and your feet firmly planted on the floor. Raise your hips while squeezing your glutes and hold for two to five seconds, then release and bring your hips back down to the mat. Try to do at least ten repetitions, take a short break, and repeat.
Of course, many fall days are rainy and prohibit outdoor exercise. Luckily, the three exercises listed above can easily be performed indoors. In order to maintain fitness on bad weather days, it is a good investment to purchase quality equipment for home gyms.
Exercising in the fall, both indoors and outdoors, can be fun and can help women reach their fitness goals and look great. Take some extra time this season to exercise, indoors or out!
Jim Rollince is a member of the creative writing department of Gym Source.He enjoys writing about Fitness, Nutrition, and many other related topics.